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The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

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Meet Greg. Heand#8217;s a stocky guy with an outsized swagger. Heand#8217;s been the intimidating, yet sociable don of his posse of friendsand#151;including Abe, Keith, Mike, Kevin, and Freddie Fredericksand#151;but one arid summer the tide begins to shift and the third-ranking Kevin starts to get ambitious and seeks a higher position within this social club. But this is no ordinary tale of gangland betrayaland#151;Greg and his entourage are bull elephants in Etosha National Park, Namibia, where, for the last twenty years, Caitlin Oand#8217;Connell has been a keen observer of their complicated friendships.

In Elephant Don, Oand#8217;Connell, one of the leading experts on elephant communication and social behavior, takes us inside the little-known world of African male elephants, a world that is steeped in ritual, where bonds are maintained by unexpected tenderness punctuated by violence. Elephant Don tracks Greg and his group of bulls as Oand#8217;Connell tries to understand the vicissitudes of male friendship, power struggles, and play. A frequently heart-wrenching portrayal of commitment, loyalty, and affection between individuals yearning for companionship, it vividly captures the incredible repertoire of elephant behavior and communication. and#160;Greg, Oand#8217;Connell shows, is sometimes a tyrant and other times a benevolent dictator as he attempts to hold on to his position at the top. Though Elephant Don is Gregand#8217;s story, it is also the story of Oand#8217;Connell and the challenges and triumphs of field research in environs more hospitable to lions and snakes than scientists.

Readers will be drawn into dramatic tales of an elephant society at once exotic and surprisingly familiar, as Oand#8217;Connelland#8217;s decades of close research reveal extraordinary discoveries about a male society not wholly unlike our own. Surely weand#8217;ve all known a Greg or two, and through this book we may come to know them in a whole new light.

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Lawrence Anthony devoted his life to animal conservation, protecting the world's endangered species. Then he was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand. His common sense told him to refuse, but he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them.
 
In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad memoir of Anthony's experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, Anthony's unrelenting efforts at animal protection and his remarkable connection with nature will inspire animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.

About the Author

LAWRENCE ANTHONY is an acclaimed conservationist and founder of The Earth Organization. He received the UNs Earth Day award for his work in Baghdad. He lives in Zululand, South Africa.
 
GRAHAM SPENCE is a journalist and editor. Originally from South Africa, he lives in England. Together they also wrote Babylon's Ark: the Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo.

Table of Contents

Kissing of the Ring

Journey to Mushara

The Head That Wears the Crown

Introduction to the Boysand#8217; Club

Dung Diaries

Teenage Wasteland

Coalitions and a Fall from Grace

Male Bonding

The Domino Effect

Capo di Tutti Capi

Of Musth and Other Demons

The Emotional Elephant

The Don Back in the Driverand#8217;s Seat

Closure

Sniffing Out Your Relatives

Where Are the Boys in Gray?

A Case for Dishonest Signaling

The Don under Fire

Black Mamba in Camp

Baying at a Testosterone-Filled Moon

Relentless Wind

A Deposed Don

The Don Returns

Scramble for Power

The Royal Family

Wee Hours

The Politics of Family

A New Beginning

Acknowledgments

Captions for Chapter-Opening Photos

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781250007810
Author:
Anthony, Lawrence
Publisher:
Griffin
Author:
Spence, Graham
Author:
O'Connell, Caitlin
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Animals/Wildlife
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Wildlife
Subject:
General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
44 halftones
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Lawrence Anthony devoted his life to animal conservation, protecting the world's endangered species. Then he was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand. His common sense told him to refuse, but he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them.
 
In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

The Elephant Whisperer is a heartwarming, exciting, funny, and sometimes sad memoir of Anthony's experiences with these huge yet sympathetic creatures. Set against the background of life on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters and exotic wildlife, Anthony's unrelenting efforts at animal protection and his remarkable connection with nature will inspire animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.

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